MISSING 11 days: Community asked to help in organized search for Macin Smith

Note: The meeting place for the search has change to the LDS chapel at 2668 Crimson Ridge Drive in St. George

ST. GEORGE — On Sept. 1, 17-year-old Macin Smith mysteriously vanished. No trace has been turned up of his whereabouts, so his family along with a search and rescue team out of Las Vegas are organizing a search.

Flyer published regarding Macin Smaith's disappearance, St. George, Utah, photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, St. George News
Flyer published regarding Macin Smaith’s disappearance, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, St. George News

Volunteers are needed and are asked to meet Saturday morning at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 2668 Crimson Ridge Drive in the Little Valley area of St. George. Meeting time is 6 a.m. and participants are asked to bring hydration and two-way radios, if they have them.

The search will be directed by Red Rock Search and Rescue from Las Vegas, who spent Friday morning with the Smith family.

Arrangements were made and plans finalized for Saturday’s search.

A new urgency has taken hold of the searchers. Tracey Smith, Macin Smith’s mother said that a three-page letter was found with what Tracey Smith called “suicidal intentions.”

“There was one evening that I felt prompted to go in his room and just look through his drawers again,” Tracey Smith said. “There was his wallet in the second drawer. I pulled out his wallet, saw that there was some money in there and there was a folded up note, which is unusual for my son.”

“It was a three page … rant about how much pain he’s been in for the last six years,” Tracey Smith said quietly. “I knew within getting through a couple lines that it was an intent note.”

There were reports that Macin Smith had been seen hitchhiking to Las Vegas. Tracey Smith is not discounting those reports, as one of them came from a friend.

Every day has felt like an eternity,” Tracey Smith said. “Waking up in the morning is the hardest, ’cause it’s my new reality knowing my son isn’t with me.'”

Macin Smith's new school portrait, St. George, Utah, Undated | Photo courtesy of Tracey Smith, St. George News.
Macin Smith’s new school portrait, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Tracey Smith, St. George News.

“I’ve got great people in my life. I’ve got my family here,” Tracey Smith said, “my sister and my mom who have been here for a week.”

A Facebook page has been set up to help coordinate efforts in the search. The page is called Help Find Macin Smith and as of 1 p.m. Friday the page had over 1,400 members.

One of the members of the Facebook page, Gene Arrey, posted, “Come on everyone! If we can get thousands of people looking for a Summit Rock, we should be able to get thousands out to cover more ground and look for a missing teenager!”

Description of Macin

  • Name: Macin Smith
  • Age: 17 years
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Hair color: Blonde

Anyone with information regarding Macin Smith is asked to call:

St. George Police Department – Telephone 435-627-4300

Tracey Smith – Telephone 435-256-5509.



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  • Simone September 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I keep my eye out every moment of every day. I hope he’s found soon.

  • Mean Momma September 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    This truly hurts my heart. I have a son the same age and you can’t always tell how these teens are feeling inside. I would be devastated to find a note like that from my son. I wish I were physically able to help search this weekend, but I am not able to at this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, as well as all those searching.

  • ladybugavenger September 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I am very saddened to hear this new information. To the mom: I am unable to look for him this weekend, the most I can do is pray and you got prayers from my whole family, in Jesus name Amen!

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